ACM Awards Nominations Announced

Eric Church, Chris Stapleton Lead This Year's Pack

With five nominations each, Eric Church and Chris Stapleton are the top contenders at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

The nominations were revealed Monday morning (Feb. 1).

Church is nominated in five categories, including his first for entertainer of the year. He’s also up for male vocalist, album of the year (Mr. Misunderstood), video of the year (“Mr.Misunderstood, and vocal event of the year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

Stapleton is nominated male vocalist and new male vocalist and is also up for vocal event of the year for Hangover Tonight,” a collaboration with Gary Allan, Stapleton received two additional nominations as artist and producer in the album of the year category for Traveller.

The ACM Awards show takes place April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Nominees for song of the year and songwriter of the year will be announced at a later date.

Here’s a complete list of the artist-related nominees this year’s ACM Awards:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Brett Eldredge
Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist
Kelsea Ballerini
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

New Male Vocalist
Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice
Chris Stapleton

New Female Vocalist
Kelsea Ballerini
Mickey Guyton

New Vocal Duo or Group
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae
Old Dominion

Album of the Year
I’m Comin’ Over, Chris Young
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

Montevallo, Sam Hunt
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally

Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church
Producer: Jay Joyce

Tangled Up, Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Chris DeStefano, Joe London

Traveller, Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

Single Record of the Year
“Burning House,” Cam
Producers: Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Camaron Ochs

“Buy Me a Boat,” Chris Janson
Producers: Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois, Chris Janson

“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce

“I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally

Video of the Year
“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
Director: Mark Klasfeld
Producer: Nicole Acacio

“Burning House,” Cam
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: Trent Hardville

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
Directors: Karla Welch, Matthew Welch
Producer: Amanda Prunesti

“Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church
Directors: Reid Long, John Peets
Producer: Megan Smith

“Riser,” Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

Vocal Event of the Year
“Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan featuring Chris Stapleton
Producers: Gary Allan, Greg Droman

“Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens

“Raise ’Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban

“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town
Producers: Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf

“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney